James Richard Beresford (pronounced BEAR-ess-ferd)...attended Wesley College in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)...played with Waverly Baseball Club in Australia and was named club Most Valuable Player before signing with the Twins in 2005...younger brother Simon was drafted by Milwaukee in 32nd round of 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
Represented team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, hitting .182 (2-for-11) with one walk in three games…Earned an invite to Twins spring training, reassigned to minor league camp March 14 and reported to Double-A New Britain…Hit .319 (22-for-69) in 21 April games and .333 (23-for-69) in 18 May games…Placed on 7-day disabled list May 4 with a groin strain; reinstated May 17…Hit safely in 19 of final 24 games for the Rock Cats and was promoted to Triple-A Rochester June 10…Hit .351 (20-for-57) with 14 runs scored in 18 July games and .303 (27-for-89) in 24 August games…Combined to hit .306 (109-for-356) in 103 games between both levels, including a .336 (96-for-286) average against right-handed pitching and a .186 (13-for-70) average against left-handers.
Spent entire season with Double-A New Britain...led the Rock Cats in games played at second base (53) and shortstop (60). ... Had season-high seven-game hit streak, batting .435 (10-for-23) April 20-30. ... Season-high four hits in final game September 3 vs. New Hampshire. ... Finished season first on the team in sacrifice hits (7), fifth in games played (114), hits (98), walks (35), and tied for fourth in triples (3). ... Committed just 10 errors on the season in 491 total chances (.980 fielding percentage). ... Named to 2013 Australia roster for World Baseball Classic.
Spent entire season with Single-A Ft. Myers...led team in games (131), at-bats (485) and hits (131) for second consecutive season...hit .358
(39-for-109) with four doubles, nine RBI and 16 walks in July, hitting safely in 23 of the 29 total games...had season-high 11-game hit streak,
batting .356 (16-for-45) July 23-August 3.
Spent entire season with Single-A Beloit...led team in games (126), at-bats (491), hits (146) and was second in runs (70) and batting
average (.287)...tied for third in stolen bases going 14-for-14...started the season hitting .057 (2-for-35) in first 10 games April 8-20...raised
overall batting average .082 points in May (.164 to .246), batting .291 (32-for-110) with four doubles and nine RBI...had season-high 11-game
hit streak, batting .373 (19-for-51) July 19-August 2...hit first career home run July 11 against Quad Cities...played in the Australian Baseball
League over the winter for Melbourne, batting .421 (16-for-38).
Spent entire season with Single-A Beloit...led organization in sacrifice hits (17) and team in at-bats (450), hits (130) and was second in
games (114), runs (52) and stolen bases (15)...had career-high 13-game hit streak, batting .393 (22-for-56) with 11 RBI July 2-17...had first
career four-hit game July 16 vs. Burlington...was named Beloit's 2009 Player of the Year...represented team Australia in the World Baseball Classic,
batting .444 (4-for-9) with a double and four RBI in three games.
Spent entire season with Rookie Elizabethton...led team in sacrifice hits (5)...batted in the ninth spot in all 55 games played...had seasonhigh
seven-game hit streak, batting .348 (8-for-23) July 9-17.
Started professional career in Rookie Gulf Coast League, batting .288 (40-for-139) with a .349 on-base percentage.
Disabled entire season with surgery to repair torn labrum in right shoulder.